Paraguay phases out horse-drawn junk wagons
The horses that pull those wagons have endured 95 degree plus temperatures and long hours. Its wonderful that a sanctuary has been created for them by Belgian-born businesswoman Maris Llorens. Hopefully most recyclers in that region will comply and allow those horses to live out the rest of their days at greater ease. ~ HfH
From: The Washington Post
ASUNCION, Paraguay — Hundreds of horses clop through the blistering-hot streets of Paraguay’s capital hauling heavy loads of junk, often for a dozen hours a day. It’s a tradition that goes back as long as anyone can remember
Within weeks, however, many will be spending their remaining days at a farm sanctuary far from the city.
A city ordinance that takes effect in mid-February bans the use of horse carts by the small army of people who scavenge cans, cardboard and plastic from garbage bins.
Belgian-born businesswoman Maris Llorens is helping by giving the horses sanctuary at one of her ranches. She is offering cart owners $350 per each horse as a first installment toward buying three-wheeled moto-carts.
She and other animal rights activists have long worried about the haggard horses, often ill-fed and sometimes mistreated, that trudge through Asuncion, where daytime summer temperatures average about 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius).
The Leopard company that makes many of the carts is offering credit to impoverished junk collectors with no collateral so they can slowly pay off the $4,000 price.
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